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An intruiging look at extinct versions of christianity,
This review is from: Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew (Paperback)
Ehrman masterfully demonstrates that there were many flavours of Christianity in the past, most of which did not survive. Most intruiging are the Ebioties, the Jewish Christians, who actually revered Jesus' brother James rather than the Apostle Paul. Although they likely preserved a more accurate teaching about Jesus, this sect died out when the emerging Catholic Church (Ehrman calls them the proto-orthadox) triumphed over all.
The story of how the proto-orthadox won the day is told in a way that is accessible to the layman.
This book is a fascinating study of these alternative christianities and their often weird understanding of Jesus and God. I can recommend it to anyone who has a passing interest in the early history of Christianity.